Plane passenger Mike Tyson, who was struck Wednesday night, has a lengthy criminal record, court records show.
Melvin Townsend III of Punta Gorda, Fla., was listed in 2019 as having “recidivist status,” when he was sentenced to 25 months for robbery, according to court records from the clerk of the County Circuit Court. Charlotte, Florida.
Townsend, 36, was also convicted of identity theft fraud, trafficking in property known to be stolen, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. , according to court records.
The grand theft of property over $300 but under $5,000 conviction stems from an incident in which Townsend stole a trailer by hitching it to his truck and later told police, “I am sorry for everything and was going to return the records,’ according to court records.
Video footage released Thursday by TMZ showed Tyson, the 55-year-old former champion boxer, punching Townsend on a Jet Blue flight at San Francisco International Airport bound for Miami after Townsend apparently harassed Tyson.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a bottle of water at him while he was seated in his seat,” a spokesperson representing Tyson at USA TODAY Sports.
A woman who identified herself as Townsend’s sister said he was not taking calls and declined to comment further on the matter.